Guide to what’s happening in New York this week
Epic Win Burlesque presents The Star Debate: ‘Trek’ vs. ‘Wars’
Through Aug. 27,
Ellen Stewart Theatre,
66 E. Fourth St.,
$18 or $15 in advance
It’s probably the most important argument of our time: What’s better, “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”? The lovely ladies of Epic Win Burlesque bring the fight to FringeNYC with “The Star Debate,” a sexy burlesque show-off where the audience decides which geeky property takes the crown each night.
Through Aug. 29,
7 E. 27th St., $60
Presented in a hotel room at the Gershwin Hotel, the audience of 20 sits around a bed about three feet away from the actors. The result is a thrilling site-specific immersion and an intimacy that matches the piece’s themes and settings. Adam Rapp and the Amoralists score another win.
‘The Pillow Book’
Through Aug. 20,
59 E 59th St., $18
What happens to a happy couple who feel extremely differently about having children? In her labyrinthine new play, Anna Moench explores the many possible outcomes by slicing various narratives into short vignettes performed out of chronological order. The result is a piece that gradually reveals its connections and depth while being funny, surprising and insightful.
Cory Arcangel: ‘Pro Tools’
Through Sept. 11,
Whitney Museum of American Art,
945 Madison Ave., $18
While hacks and re-appropriations of old computer systems like Nintendo are Arcangel’s preferred method, his new exhibition draws from a variety of media, including video games, kinetic sculpture and pen-plotter drawings using tools that incorporate professional technology with a taste for old-school video aesthetics.
Pop-Up Museum of Queer History
Through Aug. 25,
The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation,
26 Wooster St., free
The exhibit spans 1,200 years of queer history, interpreted by dozens of artists and historians; topics include the famed Mattachine Society, the White Night Riots and musician Billy Strayhorn. Check the calendar for a complete list of events — parties, lectures and workshops are all scheduled.
PARKED! Food Truck Festival
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
South Street Seaport, free
On the savory side, your options include Red Hook Lobster Pound, Taim Falafel, Go Burger and La Cense Burger. And representing for the sweet team are Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the Treat Truck and Kelvin Natural Slush (one of our personal faves). A beer garden and DJs are also on tap. MB
8 p.m. to 11 p.m.,
Le Poisson Rouge,
158 Bleecker St., $20
Resident Advisor celebrates the big 1-0 in a grand fashion, putting up killer shows in 10 cities around the world. For the U.S. edition, acid jazz heads King Sunshine team up with Mala (half of dubstep duo Digital Mystikz) and DJ Masashi Nakazawa. Headlining is a top-secret — aka super impressive — act, whose identity is revealed only as he/she takes the stage.
Saturday, 8 p.m.,
Knitting Factory Brooklyn,
361 Metropolitan Ave., $14 or $12 in advance
A fresh but key figure in national standup circles, Tig Notaro is a master of droll, understated charm. Whether doling out two-line models of economy or holding court with a 14-minute bit about getting dissed by ’80s pop footnote Taylor Dayne, Notaro’s voice is always funny, fully formed and genuine.
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